Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was asked prior to the game if the Jays were "playing out the string" in the final three this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"We haven't been playing out the string we still have a say in what happens to Tampa over there" Gibbons told reporters. "We'd like to play a good series. That would bring some satisfaction to us.

"We've been playing some good ball we haven't been scoring a lot it's a different offence. But guys are competing. A big hit here or there would make a difference but a lot of teams could say that."